Rock on the Garonne  

Bordeaux has its established concert halls such as the BT59, Barbey, Rocher de Palmer, and Krakatoa, but you can hear good music in some twenty other less well-known venues scattered all over the city.


For rock music, the Wunderbar, rue Mauriac, is "THE" rock bar at the present time. The cellar is maybe a little small, but this is a great place to enjoy a drink and is one of the hot spots during the Bordeaux Rock festival. Close by, Hell Boqueron, rue des Faures, features DJs playing cool selections every weekend. El Chicho, Place des Capucins, has independent rock music, while the Heretic, rue du Mirail, is a club specialising in hard rock. As for rockabilly, the place to go is the Capharnaum, a new concert bar located on rue Bouquière!

The Blackroom on rue Bourbon is more techno, with concerts from midnight to 2 am.  The town's other great techno hot spot from 6 am to noon, is the 115 Café on rue du Pas St Georges , with electro DJs and an acoustic music concert every Sunday evening. L’Azuli, cours Alsace-Lorraine, is more "electro techno", whereas the I.boat, at the bassins à flot (wet dock district) – the new place to be – is more electro-pop.

Other good addresses: Le Fiacre,rue de Cheverus features DJ mixsets, L’Antidote, rue  Elie Gintrac, has a concert hall open to various groups and an eclectic programme, and l’Apollo, place Fernand Lafargue, is a very popular jazz bar which also features concerts. The Saint-Ex, cours de La Marne has since become the Boobooz, a bar offering mostly live reggae.

Two final addresses: the Novo Local, in the Capucins district (a small cellar where concerts are regularly performed), and La MAC, which has been the CROUS (Centre Régional des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) concert hall on campus for the past 15 years!

By José Ruiz, Bordeaux Rock